From Soap Operas to Avatars: Digital Diplomacy and Making Fiction into Fact

A popular character on a Spanish-language soap opera resonates so deeply with viewers that they become empowered and educated about reproductive health. Avatars in the virtual world called Second Life enable people of all faiths to better understand and respect Islamic culture. A global communications network crosses the digital divide to help women around the world share solutions for improving everyday life.

Digital and media entrepreneurs Jensine Larsen and William Ryerson effectively use innovative media for social change. Digital citizen diplomats Joshua S. Fouts  and Rita J. King design virtual games that help foster vibrant community and culture in the physical world. They’re all demonstrating the game-changing power of technology to change the world for the better.

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